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Ghost Town (I) (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  19 September 2008 (USA)
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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.


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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited result. Written by Studio Approved Synopsis

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This place is so dead. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ville fantôme  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,012,315 (USA) (19 September 2008)


£6,370,608 (UK) (28 November 2008)

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The New York Times crossword puzzle seen within the first 10 minutes when Dr. Pincus (Ricky Gervais) first comes home is the puzzle from Monday, October 1, 2007 (Created by Will Shortz). See more »


Dr. Pincus pours the contents of the left-most bottle of laxative into a glass and drinks it. Firstly, the level of laxative in the glass drops by about an inch between pouring and drinking, presumably due to a missing shot. Then, when the camera returns to the three bottles on the counter, all three bottles appear full. See more »


Frank Herlihy: You're a sad little man.
Bertram Pincus: And you're a lying, bigamist, corpse.
Frank Herlihy: No, no, I'm not a bigamist. I'm an adulterer. It's a whole different thing.
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Crazy Credits

Directly after the end titles fade to black, there is a brief outburst of near-hysterical laughter. See more »


References Women's Murder Club (2007) See more »


String Quartet Op. 1 No. 6 in C - 4th Movement
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
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See it in the Theatre. It's Worth It!
20 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story: A dentist, played by Ricky Gervais, is sick of dealing with people. Not just a few people; everyone. Social niceties annoy him and "just being friendly" is out of the question. But this doesn't prevent annoying chatter from following him to his dental practice or even to the hospital where he must undergo his first colonoscopy. While the doctors roll him down a corridor on a gurney, chatting about frivolous nonsense, he interrupts and insists on full anesthesia for the examination.

The Problem: Once back on the street, he realizes he can see people that others cannot. He returns to the hospital and asks the doctor if anything unusual happened during the procedure. The doctor's reticence does not deter him from wrenching the truth from her that, technically speaking, he was dead for "almost 7 minutes". As a result, he can now see ghosts. And of course, they all want something from him.

The "something" that one particular ghost, Frank (Greg Kinnear), wants is for him to intervene in the romance of Frank's widow. At first reluctant to take on the task, he finally is blackmailed into to trying to break up her relationship and soon, he begins to enjoy the challenge.

The film rises above the hackneyed "invisible man" jokes and plays out as a fresh comedy romance. Not fresh on plot, admittedly, but on Gervais' style. True, it's the same character he always plays, but seeing it long-form and with the love interest,it's satisfying. The romance in the plot calls for a performance that offers more than a tortured look or a snarky comment - and Gervais delivers.

There are no weepy "But I love you" scenes. There are touching moments, however, that are more akin to "classic" Hollywood, rather than the big-budget, ruin-the-characters, 4th-installment, CGI festivals that are the hallmark of Tinseltown these days. Worth seeing. Our packed-house audience laughed out loud and applauded the ending.

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